Tributes to dad killed in tree accident

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A father died following a freak accident after he was struck by a falling tree.

Tributes have today been paid to tree surgeon Andy Davies, who died 10 days after the accident at work.

The 39-year-old, who grew up in Preston, was in Westby when the tree he was working on fell down, bounced back up and hit him in the face, causing life-threatening injuries.

A rapid response vehicle, ambulance and police attended the scene, and Mr Davies was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital by air ambulance.

The Health and Safety Executive was informed and a spokesman confirmed an investigation is under way.

The self-employed tree surgeon suffered eye and brain injuries and spent 10 days on a ventilator in hospital where he died on Friday.

Sister Tracey Wright, 40, of Broughton, said: “It’s a huge devastation and loss for the family.

“He loved socialising. He was always caught up doing odd jobs, helping people really.

“His biggest hobby was fishing, he loved fishing.”

Mr Davies went to Holme Slack Primary School and Fulwood High before joining the Navy.

He returned to the area and worked at CCA Stationery, Oliver’s Place, Fulwood, until the branch closed and he completed a course at Myerscough College to become a tree surgeon.

Mrs Wright, a married, mother-of-one, said: “He loved it. He was always in demand. He was so extremely safety conscious.

“He had some very high standards, was meticulous with his work.”

Dad-of-one Mr Davies was well-known in Freckleton as he did gardening work for the parish council which helped the village win numerous Britain in Bloom and North West in Bloom awards.

Coun Maraline Foster, parish council chairman, said: “He was a wonderful young man. He will be sorely missed in the village.

“He was well-liked by everyone.”

Coun Louis Rigby, for Freckleton West, said: “He was a very good worker and very pleasant. It’s just a really sad time.

“He helped with the planting in the spring. He did tidying up on the park.

“He looked after Freckleton and made it a very pleasant place.

“It was a shock to everybody, a terrible accident. He wasn’t working for the council at the time.”

Tracey added: “I’m just overwhelmed with regards to all the kindness and generosity of everybody within the village, having adopted him.

“They really accepted him as being one of their own. He was such a well-known character.”

A police spokesman said officers were notified of the incident by the ambulance service at around 3pm on Tuesday Match 6 and crime scene investigations were carried out.

Mr Davies, whose family still lives in Preston, spent time living in Freckleton before moving to Lytham.

His funeral will be held at Lytham Crematorium at 3.30pm on Monday, followed by a reception at The Ship Inn, Freckleton.

Any enquiries to M Billington Funeral Directors, Kirkham.